Philadelphia schools need $96 million more in budget

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The head of Philadelphia's public schools said Tuesday that the district needs an additional $96 million to offer students even a "wholly inadequate" education next year, and he implored city and state lawmakers to invest much more in the cash-strapped system.

Superintendent William Hite's last-minute plea for funding came two days before City Council is scheduled to break for the summer and just as legislators are struggling to hammer out a state budget before the fiscal year begins July 1.

Without the extra money, Hite said, the system could see class sizes above 40 and more than 800 teachers laid off. He has also floated the idea of not opening schools this fall.

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